Daley, Jennifer E.

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Address: 500 Northeast Fourth Street Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Lawyer Firm: The Amlong Firm
Phone: 954-519-2235
Website: https://www.theamlongfirm.com

Areas of Practice Employment (Civil Rights, Wage Disputes, Appeal), General Civil Practice and Appeals

I grew up in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, in a relatively large West Indian family of seven children four sisters and two brothers in a household for which work and the benefits it provided were necessities.

While childhood poverty and lack of opportunities denied both of my parents the opportunity to finish high school and attend college, they expected each of their children to do so. Each eventually did. Three of my sisters and I were recruited by the University of Tampa, a private college in Tampa, Florida, where we worked while attending college, and a brother attended a nearby college. I earned my law degree from the University of Florida in 1990. It was at the University of Florida where my interest in employment law began, leading to a public interest fellowship on eldercare as an employment benefit for the sandwich generation faced with raising children while simultaneously taking care of aging parents. After law school, I worked for five years as a judicial clerk for the late Hon. E. Earle Zehmer, chief judge of the Florida First District Court of Appeal, who bucked the trend and hired me as one the first Black judicial clerks at the court. Clerking afforded me a bird’s-eye view at the inner workings of an appellate court and allowed me to be involved in drafting opinions that helped shape the law by which I would later litigate.

When I joined Amlong & Amlong, P.A., in 1998 (after working at a small firm practicing commercial litigation, appeals, and some employment law), my practice became focused almost exclusively on litigating employment-related issues and wage disputes on the trial and appellate levels, negotiating employment agreements and severance packages, and changing the law from a different point of view as an advocate.

The firm’s focus on civil rights and employment issues has allowed me to litigate and negotiate on behalf of working people in what I see as one of the most important aspects of an individual’s life and financial stability: employment. The most rewarding part of this area of law is being able to reassure employees who spend most of their waking hours working, that their promotion, raise, termination or other adverse action is worth the fight and, every once a while, getting the employers and the courts to agree.

A growing area of my practice is pregnancy discrimination and marital status discrimination, a topic for which I have often been asked to lecture and give presentations. I expect this area to continue to grow until employers get it, until they realize that with the growing workforce of women and single parents, pregnancy which Congress has declared is part of being a woman should be treated like any other condition requiring an accommodation and that parents can, must, and want to work.

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